When a line crosses itself or
intersects with other lines to enclose
a space it creates a shape. Shape is
two-dimensional it has height and
width but no depth.
Categories of SHAPE are:
Shapes-Circles, Squares, rectangles and triangles.
We see them in architecture and manufactured items.
Shapes-Leaf, seashells, flowers. We see them in nature
and with characteristics that are free flowing, informal and
Shapes-In a drawing or painting positive shapes are the
solid forms in a design such as a bowl of fruit. In a sculpture it is
the solid form of the sculpture.
Shapes-In a drawing it is the space around the positive
shape or the shape around the bowl of fruit. In sculpture it is the
empty shape around and between the sculptures
The shapes of the objects that
you create or place in your
images are positive shapes.
The spaces around these
shapes are the negative
spaces. It is just as important to
be attentive to the negative
space as the positive shapes.
A shape is a self contained
defined area of geometric
or organic form. A positive
shape in a painting
automatically creates a
Notice how the
negative shapes are
just are interesting
as the black positive
shapes of the
Shape in Fine ART
Louise Nevelson (American, born
Russia), 1900-1988, Sky Cathedral,
1958 wood, painted black,
115 x 135 x 20", Albright-Knox Art
"Three Musicians" by Pablo Picasso, 1921, Oil,
80"x74", Philadelphia Museum of Art